Hand Injuries

The hand is a very complex part of the body, that is able to perform intricate and fine movements of precision and skill. It is therefore susceptible to many types of conditions and injuries. These can be related to trauma, overuse, or arthritis. Certain sports can be more prone to joint injuries eg. Rugby or cricket.

Types of Injuries
The conditions that may be causing pain are:

  • Ligament sprains of any of the hand/finger joints
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Wrist sprains
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Scaphoid fracture
  • Joint dislocation and fractures
  • Joint pain from arthritis
  • Dupuytrens contracture
  • Tendonitis

Treatment

Physiotherapy can help to differentiate the possible underlying cause of the pain. Some conditions require the opinion of a hand surgeon but many can be helped with physiotherapy. This may be in the form of mobilizing the joints to improve mobility and reduce pain, or immobilizing the area by using splints to allow the area to rest. Appropriate advice will be given and exercises to strengthen and improve control of the hand/wrist.